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Nittany Lions fall to No. 6 Buckeyes in men’s basketball

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)  — Penn State pulled within eight points of Ohio State just 8 minutes into the second half, and it looked like the game was on.

The Buckeyes had other plans.

Kaleb Wesson scored 28 points and had 10 rebounds for his ninth career double-double, and No. 6 Ohio State scored 43 points in the game’s final 12 minutes to rout Penn State, 106-74, Saturday.

The Buckeyes scored 100 points against a Big Ten rival for the first time since 1991.

“I hit some shots today,” Wesson said. “My teammates found me in the right spots, which makes for easy basketball.”

Four players hit double figures for Ohio State (9-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who shot 57.4% from the field. Andre Wesson scored 15, and sophomores Duane Washington Jr. and Luther Muhammad each had 14.

“What makes Kaleb different and special, I believe, is his ability to play out on the perimeter, to play through him some as a passer in the high post or outside the 3, to pick and pop with him,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “That’s his strength. That’s who he is a player. He is unique in that sense.”

Izaiah Brockington scored 19 points and Seth Lundy added 10 for the Nittany Lions (7-2, 0-1), who lost for the second time in four games and gave up 100 points for the first time since 2017. Penn State managed just 25 rebounds, far below its average of 44.

No. 6 Ohio State 106,

Penn State 74

PENN ST. (7-2)

Stevens 4-8 2-2 11, Watkins 3-8 0-0 6, Wheeler 0-1 2-4 2, M.Jones 3-7 1-1 9, Dread 1-6 2-2 5, Harrar 1-2 0-0 2, Lundy 3-4 2-4 10, Buttrick 1-1 0-0 2, McCloskey 0-1 0-1 0, Brockington 7-13 3-4 19, C.Jones 2-8 2-2 8. Totals 25-59 14-20 74.

OHIO ST. (9-0)

K.Wesson 9-16 6-6 28, Young 3-3 3-4 9, Washington 5-7 0-0 14, Muhammad 4-6 2-2 14, Walker 2-5 5-6 9, Gaffney 0-0 0-0 0, Ahrens 1-2 0-0 3, A.Wesson 5-9 4-6 15, Liddell 1-3 3-4 5, Hummer 0-0 1-2 1, Carton 1-3 6-7 8. Totals 31-54 30-37 106.

Halftime: Ohio St. 46-35. 3-Point Goals: Penn St. 10-29 (Lundy 2-3, M.Jones 2-5, Brockington 2-5, C.Jones 2-7, Stevens 1-3, Dread 1-6), Ohio St. 14-26 (Muhammad 4-5, K.Wesson 4-6, Washington 4-6, Ahrens 1-2, A.Wesson 1-3, Walker 0-2, Liddell 0-2). Fouled Out: Stevens. Rebounds: Penn St. 19 (Stevens, Harrar, Watkins 3), Ohio St. 31 (K.Wesson 10). Assists: Penn St. 7 (Wheeler, Harrar 2), Ohio St. 15 (Walker 7). Total Fouls: Penn St. 25, Ohio St. 18. Technicals: Stevens. A: 12,901 (18,809).

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